Spring is Here and so are the New Arrivals

  • By Jane Beachell
  • 08 May, 2017

New Arrivals

We've been busy in Research and Development these last few months since New Year, hunkered down against the colder weather - although it wasn't that bad - keeping the little GlowBeanie brain cells warm with thoughts of things to come.
We have two new hat styles - the 'Ultra', because it is 'ultra' warm being made of double the wool, and the 'Beret', which when made with cotton makes the perfect all year round accessory.
The new 'Ultra'
The 'Beret'
´╗┐We roadtested the 'Ultra' in Austria in early March.  It fared very well with the rigours of cross country skiing.  It only fell off once, and that was when I did a face plant into some ice on a downhill bit - and yes, it did hurt.  You should have seen the bruises - no broken bones though (phew!)
The 'Ultra' in action!
We have also brought out a new little critter to join the GlowBug and the Glow Springy - the Glow Caterpillar (see below).  Made with two colours from the GlowBeanie range this little fella hasn't got a name yet (clean suggestions all welcome except for 'Caterpillar McCaterpillarface!).   When we get time I plan on making a mega one for my Craft Fair stall - maybe he could hang off my shoulders like a (feather) boa?
Glow Caterpillar
For the budding crafter, old and young,  we have also introduced some new DIY crafting kits.  Firstly , the one that doesn't involve knitting is the Mini GlowBeanie kit which contains full instructions and materials to create a mini GlowBeanie which is about 6cm tall.  All you need to add is scissors and maybe a bit of adult supervision.  I use mine to keep my boiled egg warm in the morning.  Secondly is the Flower Brooch kit,  compete with enough to make one brooch plus loads of wool left over to practice your new found skills.  This involves very basic knitting methods - which are covered in the detailed instructions - these use standard double knitting non glow yarn and you just need to add a pair of single pointed 4mm knitting needles (also available in children's size).
The Mini GlowBeanie (kit available)
Flower Brooch (kit available)
All of these items are now available on our website www.glowbeanie.co.uk .
To finish off we have other news.  We have dipped our toe into the world of Instagram, so if you want to see more of our wares and even give us a like/follow etc nip across to www.instagram.com/glowbeanie .
Last but not least we have also just received another award - this time for 'Outdoor Clothing Accessories of Choice' ... thanks, Solutions Publishing.  As most of you will know Virgil, the GlowBeanie HQ cat loves to get involved and when I was taking photos of the new award the other night he couldn't tear himself away ... I think he thinks it is his birthday present (he turned 6 this month).
Virgil and 'his' award
Anyway, I'll leave it there for now.   Have fun and stay safe out there!

TTFN

Jane
By Jane Beachell 10 Jul, 2017
The GlowBeanie crew recently set off in the trusty old camper van for a bit of R & D in the far north - travelling all the way up the west of Scotland from Ullapool to Durness on the north coast.   Along the way we did a bit of filming for a promo - that we still haven't edited! - and here are some image snippets.
By Jane Beachell 08 May, 2017
We've been busy in Research and Development these last few months since New Year, hunkered down against the colder weather - although it wasn't that bad - keeping the little GlowBeanie brain cells warm with thoughts of things to come.
We have two new hat styles - the 'Ultra', because it is 'ultra' warm being made of double the wool, and the 'Beret', which when made with cotton makes the perfect all year round accessory.
By Jane Beachell 05 Apr, 2017
Well, it is the start of a new tax year here in Blighty, so that must mean an anniversary for GlowBeanie.

We launched on 6th April 2014 and, boy, have we come a long way since then - and learnt a lot.    New designs have come on stream, from starting with the basic moss beanie we have added the Slouchy, the Shorty, the Team Special (with its lovely discount), the Two Tone and the Neon ... not forgetting of course, for the family pooch, the DogBeanie, Lobi Leg Warmers and the coats and jumpers.  Added to this the scarves, neck gaiters, wrist warmer and headbands plus the brand new designs for 2017 - the beret and the Ultra - we've been busy beavers here at GlowBeanie HQ.  All of course can be found on our website www.glowbeanie.co.uk .

There have been good and bad points, mostly the former fortunately.  We have got to know a wide range of other crafters, mainly in the North Wales area, become a member of Gwynedd and Clwyd Craftworkers Association, won several awards including Crafter of the Year 2016 and 2017; Product Innovation Award and the Corporate VisionMost Outstanding Handmade Headwear Producer, and generally enjoyed the craft fairs and knitting products that customers want.  It is thanks to some of these customers that the range has extended as far as it has, with requests being made for all sorts of styles - for humans and dogs! 

In passing the bad points I would mention (just so you don't fall into any traps) are the spamming ... mostly from rip off merchants who offer you something that is too good to be true like the time when someone rang me saying they wanted to feature GlowBeanie in the Sun newspaper in an interview with Carol Vorderman - the catch was you had to pay a four figure sum up front which would be 'reimbursed' - yeah, course it would!  That is now in the hands of Action Fraud.  Other negative points are the idiots who lift your details off the website and then ask car dealers/double glazing companies to make contact wasting everybody's time.  Each to their own!

Recently we have tried to get organised with social media, jumping into Instagram with both feet.  That means we have the holy trinity of Facebook (GlowBeanie), Twitter (@glow_beanie) and Instagram (@glowbeanie).  Do us a favour and give us some likes and follows ... we need to get some promotion going.

Which brings us to our very special offer , for April 2017 only, and that is 20% off any order, just use the coupon code BIRTHDAY20 at checkout.

Hope to be back soon with more news.

Get GlowBeanieing!

Jane

GlowBeanie HQ
April 2017


By Jane Beachell 09 May, 2016
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